We are often asked what makes someone a good nurse? It's clear many of us want to know exactly which characteristics make us good, or even great nurses. Read about the 7 important qualities we possess.
Based on our education and experience across many healthcare settings and specialties, nurses are in the perfect position to serve on a variety of boards, especially in healthcare. Nurses on boards can be valuable decision-makers who act on behalf of patients.
A great mentor once told me about the importance of networking and the role it could play in my career. I never forgot the advice, and later as a nurse leader I appreciated how sage it was. It’s important to understand and appreciate what networking is and what it can add to your professional growth and advancement.
What does having good communication skills mean? It's about more than legible handwriting, or having a clear, resonant speaking voice. And for nurse leaders, it means having the knowing how to get your messages across to your staff in an effective manner.
Most nurses don’t wear nursing caps any longer, but we still wear many hats. And the advocacy hat never flies away. At times the work we do is routine; at other times it is complex and critical. But it is always patient-centered, because every nurse is a patient advocate.
You just landed a nurse leader role. How do you start your new position on the right foot and gain the confidence of your team? Leadership blogger Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN, will guide you.
Nursing Now, a three-year campaign to improve global health, was launched in February and aims to empower nurses to help tackle the many health challenges being faced in the 21st century. The initiative is set to run through 2020 by a campaign board of nurses and non-nurses from 16 different countries.
Nurses are educated, ethical and engaged, and patients are all the better for it. I’ve been part of many National Nurses Week celebrations and each year I’ve become prouder to be a nurse and felt more privileged to call nurses “my colleagues.”
If you're not delegating, you may be a micromanager. A workplace that’s micromanaged can have many problems, from employee unrest and job dissatisfaction to low morale, increased turnover, attrition, increased vacancy rates and more.
Nurses are asking a lot of questions about New York's BSN-in-10 law. Nurse leaders can address their concerns and alleviate some fears by knowing the facts.